40. She Loves Her Son
Maria had to buy food for herself and
son. Divorced for ten years, she was used
doing the shopping for her son. He was
junior in high school, which meant that he
be entering college in two years. Then she
be shopping only for herself. She felt sad
she thought of this. She hoped that he
attend the local junior college and then transfer
a university. That way he could continue to
at home for another two years. She loved
, and dreaded the day that he would no
be her daily company.
Maria drove to Costco,
chain store that sold food in bulk packages.
selling in bulk only, the store helps its
save money. She parked far from the entrance.
meant a longer walk, but also a faster
from the parking lot. She grabbed one of
big shopping carts outside and pushed it into
store. Her purse stayed tightly hung over her
. Surprisingly, the store wasn't too crowded.
section, she examined nine packages of seedless green
before she found one that she liked. She
selected some bananas, apples, and other fruit. But
couldn't find her son's favorite brand of tangerines.
the way home, she planned to stop at
market or two until she found them.